Woman killed in Austin during fight between Laura evacuees

1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago Thursday, August 27 2020 Aug 27, 2020 August 27, 2020 12:46 PM August 27, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bystander was shot and killed in Austin after a fight broke out among 60 people who had fled the Gulf Coast from Hurricane Laura, police said Thursday.

Two groups of people who had left Port Arthur and Beaumont on the southeast Texas coast got into a large fight in a downtown Austin street at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, police said. One person opened fire, striking a woman.

Police said the woman was homeless and had not been involved the fight. She was taken an Austin hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m.

Authorities have not released the woman's name, pending notification of next of kin.

Homicide detectives and crime scene specialists are interviewing witnesses and canvassing the area for video of the shooting, according to police.

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office will conduct the autopsy of the deceased woman, whose identity has not been revealed pending notification to next of kin.

Gov. Greg Abbott credited the evacuations of thousands of people for preventing deaths in Texas.

Laura roared ashore Thursday as a Category 4 hurricane along the Louisiana-Texas border. The storm is being blamed for at least two deaths in Louisiana and widespread damage around the city of Lake Charles.

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